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Cornwall’s NHS urges people to get ready for the G7 summit

The NHS in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is urging the public to prepare for some changes to health services ahead of next week’s G7 summit in Carbis Bay.
The NHS is working with Cornwall Council and Devon and Cornwall Police to ensure any disruption in the run up to and during the G7 summit is kept to a minimum for people living in St Ives, Falmouth, Newquay and the surrounding areas.

People living in, or visiting these areas are being advised to think ahead and to make sure they know how to get help, if needed.

Please do not turn up at a minor injury unit (MIU), or urgent treatment centre (UTC) without contacting 111 first. You can call 111 or visit

If, after contacting 111, you need to attend an MIU or UTC, you will be given details of where to go. This is to help everyone follow government guidance, maintain distance and to keep everyone safe while COVID continues to circulate.

Please do not visit an emergency department unless you have an urgent, life-threatening condition such as a suspected heart attack, stroke, severe loss of blood, difficulty breathing, or are unconscious.

GP services during G7

GP surgeries will remain open during the week as usual, and anyone who is registered with a Cornwall GP and needs health advice should call them first. If you have a planned home visit from a nurse or other clinician during the summit, please talk to them about the support you need during this time as soon as possible.

Anyone who is visiting Cornwall and needs non-urgent health advice should contact their own GP first, and not the surgery local to where they are staying.

Anyone who needs health advice when their GP surgery is closed, and it cannot wait until it re-opens should use NHS 111. You can call 111 or visit and a trained advisor will be able to help you. This may include directing you to a MIU, or a pharmacist.


Pharmacies will be open, but anyone who takes regular medication is advised to get their repeat prescription requests in as early as possible. Pharmacists can provide advice for minor ailments like colds, hay fever, upset tummies, aches and pains, and can also suggest over-the-counter medication to treat a variety of conditions.

Weekend and late night pharmacies in the areas affected by the G7 are also open.

St Ives

  • Carbis Bay pharmacy is open from 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (closed 1pm to 2pm for lunch each day), and 9am to midday on Saturday. It will be closed on Sunday.
  • Boots, West Cornwall Shopping Centre, Hayle is open from 7.30am to 11.59pm, Monday to Saturday, and 10.30am to 10pm on Sunday.


  • Lloyds in Sainsbury’s, Truro is open from 7.30am to 10pm, Monday to Saturday, and 10am to 4pm on Sunday.
  • Tesco Pharmacy, Clodgey Lane, Helston is open 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday, and 10am to 4pm Sunday.


  • Boots, 15 Bank Street, Newquay, open from 9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday.
  • Day Lewis Pharmacy, 1 Chester Road, Newquay, open from 8.45am to 6.30pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 2pm on Sunday.
  • Boots, Kingsley Village Shopping Park, open from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday, 8am to 7pm on Saturday and 10.30am to 4.30pm on Sunday.

Details of all pharmacy opening times are available on the website.

Minor injury units

MIUs can treat a range of conditions which have occurred during the previous 14 days. These include sprains and strains; broken bones; minor burns and scalds; head injuries (but not if someone is unconscious); insect and animal bites and stings; minor eye injuries, cuts, bruising and grazes.

X-ray is available at some of our MIUs.

All MIUs will be open, and some in the areas affected by G7 are increasing their hours. This includes Falmouth and Newquay.

The MIU at Stennack Surgery in St Ives is open from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday.

It will also be open from 8am to 8pm on the weekend before the summit: Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 June; and during the event on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 June.

There will also be an overnight MIU at West Cornwall Hospital.

Please do not turn up at an MIU or UTC without contacting 111 first – you will be told where to go.

Urgent treatment centre

The UTC at West Cornwall Hospital, Penzance is open for anyone who needs urgent medical care for injuries and conditions such as fractures, deep cuts, non-life-threatening head injuries and minor falls.

Please contact NHS 111 first before attending.

Urgent and life-threatening care

You should only call 999 for an ambulance if it’s a life-threatening emergency and you think you’ll need the care of paramedics on the way to hospital.

Get health advice and details of services, including contact details and opening times.

COVID vaccinations during G7

If you are booked to have a COVID vaccination, please allow extra time for your journey if you live in an area where there will be travel disruptions. If you are attending a clinic run by your GP practice, please check your surgery’s website for up-to-date information about clinics.

Added on 2 June 2021, in News - G7

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